Butterfly is a very challenging stroke; Cokie Lepinski and Glenn Mills provide some tips and drills on how to master it.
A recent post in the Swim Smooth Blog, “Bend It Like Becky,” examines the freestyle catch of Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Adlington. In particular, the authors noted that most top freestylers seem to have a slight downward bend early on in their stroke, leading naturally to the Early Vertical Forearm used by so many top swimmers.
A recent NY Times article, Delineating the Perfect Swim Stroke, addressed the physics of efficient swimming.
An overlooked aspect of open water swimming is turns. “Turns,” you say? “But there are no walls in the open water!” Well, keep reading….!
Paul Newsome of Swim Smooth argues that no single head position in freestyle works optimally for every swimmer.
USA Swimming has issued an updated interpretation of the rules for the timing of the underwater dolphin kick during the breaststroke pull-down; this interpretation will also apply in USMS competition.